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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Brood poultry chicks 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119448  Brood poultry chicks 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02  10 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
To provide the ideal environment for the promotion of health and rapid development in newly hatched chicks. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Health and safety level 1. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
N/A 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Understand the procedures for the preparation of the poultry house to receive chicks. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Feed, water, hygiene, bedding. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The refitting of all the loose poultry house equipment is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The adjustment and testing of the poultry house equipment is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The reasons for the final fumigation are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The safe handling procedures for using hazardous chemicals are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The reasons for wearing protective clothing are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Understand the typical physical appearances of healthy day-old chicks. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Eyes, navels, down, skin on legs and toes, body mass, abdomen, gasping. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The coverage and state of the down is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The posture and behaviour of a day-old chick is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The normal condition of the abdomen and navel is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The signs of dehydration in chicks are described. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Understand the procedures for the placement of chicks in the poultry house / brooding environment. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Air circulation around boxes, leg and wing dislocations, skeleton injuries, stress, paper sheets, water fonts, feed availability, chick numbers. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The correct procedures for the handling of the boxes that contain the day-old chicks are described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The handling procedures for the removal and placement of chicks from the boxes are demonstrated. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The consequences of rough handling are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Encourage chicks to start consuming the day- old chick feed. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Feed texture, feed spreading on paper strips, maintenance of body temperature, absorption of yolk, antibodies, immune system, development of gut. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The reasons for placing chicks near the watering and feeder positions are explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Stimulatory effect of feed on rapid gut development, effect of water on feed intake and health.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The texture of the pre-starter/starter diet is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The role of nutrients for growth and body temperature maintenance is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The importance of early feed intake and the absorption of yolk is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The identification of chicks that are not eating and the remedial actions to be taken are described. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Crop fill.
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
Encourage drinking by placing the water at easily accessible levels for the chicks. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Drinker line heights, chick founts, mucous membranes, bacterial infections, panting, body temperature regulation, dry faeces. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The evaluation of the correct heights of water lines for chicks is described. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Posture of chicks during drinking.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The role of water in the maintenance of good health in chicks is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The importance of a moist mucous membrane is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The role of water for cooling of the chick is explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
The condition of the excreta of chicks that are not drinking is described. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
Understand the behaviour of chicks during chilling and overheating. 
OUTCOME RANGE 
Minimum ventilation, oxygen, carbon dioxide, moisture, cold draughts, air speed, airflow patterns, huddling, panting, listlessness. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The way in which cold spots can be recognized during chick brooding is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The way in which chicks behave during overheating is described. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The reasons for supplying 'minimum ventilation' are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
The factors that cause the creation of 'cold spots' in a building during brooding are explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Poor mixing of air, low air speeds, direction of incoming air.
 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.

    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established principles. Practical assessment activities will be used, which are appropriate to the contents in which qualifying learners are working. These activities will include an appropriate combination of self and peer assessment, practical and oral assessments, observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge be assessed. The specific outcomes must be assessed in its own right, through oral and practical evidence. It cannot be assessed by observation only.

    The specific outcomes and essential knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge, but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, then they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a learner is able to perform specific outcomes, but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found, both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected in the assessment criteria of each specific outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities.
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.
  • Exploring education and career opportunities.
  • Developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving: Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been mad.

    Refer to specific outcome:
  • Understand the procedures for the preparation of the poultry house to receive chicks.
  • Encourage chicks to start consuming the day- old chick feed.
  • Encourage drinking by placing the water at easily accessible levels for the chicks.
  • Understand the behaviour of chicks during chilling and overheating. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Teamwork: Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization or community.

    Refer to specific outcome:
  • Understand the procedures for the preparation of the poultry house to receive chicks. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self organization and management: Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.

    Refer to specific outcome:
  • Understand the procedures for the preparation of the poultry house to receive chicks.
  • Encourage chicks to start consuming the day- old chick feed. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation: Collect, analyze, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Refer to specific outcome:
  • Understand the procedures for the preparation of the poultry house to receive chicks.
  • Understand the typical physical appearances of healthy day-old chicks.
  • Understand the procedures for the placement of chicks in the poultry house / brooding environment.
  • Encourage chicks to start consuming the day- old chick feed.
  • Encourage drinking by placing the water at easily accessible levels for the chicks.
  • Understand the behaviour of chicks during chilling and overheating. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication: Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation.

    Refer to specific outcome:
  • Understand the procedures for the preparation of the poultry house to receive chicks.
  • Understand the typical physical appearances of healthy day-old chicks.
  • Understand the procedures for the placement of chicks in the poultry house / brooding environment.
  • Encourage chicks to start consuming the day- old chick feed.
  • Encourage drinking by placing the water at easily accessible levels for the chicks.
  • Understand the behaviour of chicks during chilling and overheating. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Science and Technology: Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Refer to specific outcome:
  • Understand the procedures for the preparation of the poultry house to receive chicks.
  • Understand the typical physical appearances of healthy day-old chicks.
  • Understand the procedures for the placement of chicks in the poultry house / brooding environment.
  • Encourage chicks to start consuming the day- old chick feed.
  • Encourage drinking by placing the water at easily accessible levels for the chicks.
  • Understand the behaviour of chicks during chilling and overheating. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems: Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  49580   General Education and Training Certificate: Poultry Production  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  49582   National Certificate: Poultry Production  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Balemi Consulting Pty Ltd 
    2. Dumela Poultry Solutions 
    3. Ikhwezi Drakensburg Rural & Urban Development Chamber 
    4. Matotomana Training & Gen Trading 
    5. Mvelo Consultant 
    6. Scientific Roets (Pty) Ltd 
    7. TPN Training and Recruitment cc 
    8. Tripple R Training Provider 
    9. University of Mpumalanga 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.